June 9th, 2009 | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

2009 Drammy Awards: The Winners

Last night's 30th Anniversary Drammy Awards was, as usual, a rowdy, largely inebriated affair, though (thank heavens!) shorter than last year. Attendants at the annual ceremony recognizing "outstanding achievement in Portland theater" wore outlandish costumes, most everyone appeared to have a good time, and no one from Artists Repertory Theatre bothered to show up to collect the company's four awards. A few winners seemed genuinely surprised—Garland Lyons, recognized for his outstanding supporting performance as the judge in Theatre Vertigo's Romance, gave a long, funny off-the-cuff speech—and Storm Large cried, a lot, when she won awards for both songwriting and acting in Crazy Enough, her ongoing solo show with Portland Center Stage.

The big winners were Tigard's Broadway Rose Theater Company, which won awards for outstanding ensemble, production and direction, among others; Portland Center Stage, with a bucketload of design awards, mostly for How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found; and Lakewood Theatre Company, which won awards for direction, musical direction, ensemble and overall production for Into the Woods.

Third Rail took home several awards, but many fewer than the company did the last three years.

In lieu of an outstanding achievement award, the Drammy Committee asked 30 theater organizations to name the "unsung hero" who has most aided them in ways unrelated to acting, direction or design. These behind-the-scenes managers, volunteers and "Jacks of all trades" received some of the loudest applause.

Here are the winners:

Actor in a Lead Role:
Bill Geisslinger, The Seafarer, ART
Denis Arndt, The Seafarer, ART
Matthew Dieckman, El Grito del Bronx, Miracle Theatre Group


Actress in a Lead Role:
Sharonlee McLean, The Receptionist, CoHo Productions
Valerie Stevens, Fabuloso, Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Choreography:
Steve Gonzales, The Wiz, Stumptown Stages

Costume Design:
Mary Rochon, Les Misérables, Broadway Rose Theatre Company
and The Wizard of Oz, Northwest Children's Theater
Sarah Gahagan, Eurydice, Artists Repertory Theatre,
and James and the Giant Peach, Oregon Children's Theatre

Director:
Robert Hunt, Les Misérables, Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Samantha Van Der Merwe, Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act, Shaking the Tree
Wade Willis, Into the Woods, Lakewood Theatre Company

Ensemble:
Celebrate Home – A Broadway Rose Christmas, Broadway Rose
Dead Funny, Third Rail

Lighting Design:
Peter West, El Grito del Bronx, Miracle Theatre Group
Daniel Ordower, How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found,
Portland Center Stage

Musical Actor in a Lead Role:
Douglas Webster, Les Misérables, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Musical Actress in a Lead Role:
Storm Large, Crazy Enough, Portland Center Stage

Music Direction:
Alan D. Lytle , Into the Woods, Lakewood Theatre Company,
and Celebrate Home - A Broadway Rose Christmas,
Broadway Rose Theatre
Jon Newton, Always…Patsy Cline, Broadway Rose Theatre
Rick Lewis, Guys and Dolls, Portland Center Stage

Musical Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lindsay Michelet, Dames at Sea, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Original Music:
Abe Reybold and Jay Tumminello, Celebrate Home - A Broadway Rose Christmas,
Broadway Rose Theatre
Storm Large and James Beaton, Crazy Enough, Portland Center Stage

Outstanding Production:
Into the Woods, Lakewood Theatre
Les Misérables, Broadway Rose

Scenic Design:
Chris Rousseau, How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found,
Portland Center Stage
Nancy Keystone, Apollo, Portland Center Stage

Sound Design:
Jen Raynak, How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found,
Portland Center Stage

Actor in a Supporting Role:
Garland Lyons, Romance, Theatre Vertigo
John Steinkamp, Dead Funny, Third Rail Repertory Theatre
Ebbe Roe Smith, How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found,
Portland Center Stage

Actress in a Supporting Role:
Ana Reiselman, Holidazed, Artists Repertory Theatre
Lisa Renee Pitts, Doubt, Portland Center Stage

Young Performer:
Quincy Hickson, The Wiz, Stumptown Stages

Recognition certificates presented to 30 Unsung Heroes of Portland theatre:
Chris Balo, Frances Binder, Linda Boekelheide, Clair Callaway, Connie Carley,
Peter Charleston, R. Dee, Dan Elsner, David Erickson, G. Marie Fish, Jamie Hammon,
Evan Hart, Judy Kafoury, Liam Kaas-Lentz, Brian Keith, Cynthia Kirk, Tim Krause,
Jenny Lakey, Jane Lancaster, Janet Mouser, Kay Olsen, Demetri Pavlatos,
Harold Phillips, Jane Holmes Reed, Bronwyn Rice, Kathryn Sullivan, Creon Thorne,
Alisha Tonsic, Sandra Vincent, Dan Volkmer

PATA Spotlight Awards:
Stage Management - Megan Murphy
Crew - Cameron McFee
Other - Mead Hunter
 
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